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Circulatory tonics for getting rid of Migraine
Circulatory tonics increase the flow of blood to skin and muscles by local irritation, and when taken internally they cause sweating (diaphoresis) which brings with it dilation of blood vessels in the skin. They may dilate blood vessel walls by nerve action - these are the peripheral circulatory tonics. Some circulatory tonics act on the head to improve performance. These are called centrally acting agents and are mostly used by individuals with specific circulatory problems.
Rubefacients are applied to the skin, where they irritate nerve endings in capillaries and cause redness, which is a sign of greater blood flow through dilated vessels. This in turn causes better perfusion of joints and muscles, relieving them of metabolic wastes which may be causing pain. Very strong rubefacients, such as chili, have a 'counter-irritant' action, that is the heat overwhelms pain receptors, so that fewer messages are received in the brain.
Benefits of essential oils in Migraine
Aromatic essential oils are almost all rubefacients in a gentle way, so are recommended for regular use in massage for relaxing muscles and relieving pain.
Rubefacients for getting rid of Migraine
Rubefacients mildly irritate the skin, producing redness and warmth caused by increased blood flow to the area. This helps to eliminate by-products of metabolism which cause pain, such as lactic acid in tense muscles. The term rubefacient comes from Latin: rube - red, facient - makes.
Relaxants to get rid of Migraine
Herbal relaxants relieve tension and restore nervous activity to a normal level, whereas sedatives reduce brain activity to below normal functioning level. This can improve concentration rather than impairing it, so it is a good example of a balancing action for which herbs are well known. These herbs work in two ways:
. Nervine relaxants act centrally, by reducing the brain's sensitivity to nerve messages from the periphery (skin, joints, muscles etc).
. Muscle relaxants act peripherally (on nerve centers in the spinal cord, or on nerve endings in the skin), reducing the number of messages sent from the periphery to the brain.Many herbs have both central and peripheral actions. Relaxants provide pain relief.